A Catholic History of England Volume 2

A Catholic History of England Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...with contempt the ordinances which king Edward and his Witan had imposed upon them, and plundered the land of the Mercians. The king, it seems, had then collected together one hundred ships, J mustered soldiers, embarked them on board his ships, and commanded them to sail round by the coast to Kent, where he intended to meet them. The Danes, supposing that the greatest portion of Sax. Chron. f W. Malmsb., lib. ii. 125. J Sax. Chron. F. Wigorn, p. 599. Why was this large fleet collected by King Edward in a time of comparative tranquillity? This is a question to which Herr Lappenberg suggests an answer, namely, that it must have been destined for some foreign shore--either to aid the Frankish king to whom his daughter was subsequently mar304 RAVAGES BY THE DANES. the king's soldiers were on board his ships, believed they were scathless from any attack, and therefore free to ried, against the attacks of the Northmen--or to aid the regent of Brittany whose lands were overrun about this time hy the barbarians. See Anglo Saxon Kings, vol. ii. pp. 88, 89, 90, and notes. The latter suggestion is strengthened by the Chron. Namnetens, in which will be found the expression not quoted by Herr Lappenberg, that about the year 912, the entire of Brittany was devastated by the Northmen--" totam Britanniam devasterunt." Rer. Gall, et Franc. Script., vol. viii, p. 276. There are probabilities to support the suggestion of Herr Lappenberg; but may we not also suggest that there is a probability that this fleet was fitted out for the purpose of repelling an expected invasion of England by the Northmen? To meet and defeat them at sea as had been done in the reign of Alfred? Is not this equally probable when we find that the idea of...show more

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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882350
  • 9781236882356